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The GoDown Arts Centre

Volume 12, Issue 2 | Published 03/10/2015  
The GoDown Arts Centre is home to Kenyan creativity in arts and media. Established in 2003, in a space that was formerly a car repair warehouse, the centre has contributed significantly to the growth, recognition and visibility of local artist by fostering and facilitating collaborations and encounters between artists from…

BankSlave - Victim Of The Capitalist System

Volume 12, Issue 2 | Published 03/10/2015  
One is immediately fascinated when one hears the name ‘Bankslave’ and wonders what it means. ‘Bankslave’ is made up of two words ‘Bank’ and ‘Slave’. According to Kevin Bankslave (as he is formally known), ‘Bank’ signifies the search for money and ‘Slave’ refers to the system of exploitation under which…

Graffiti Is A World Language

Volume 12, Issue 2 | Published 03/10/2015  
The basic essence of graffiti is writing one's name in a personalized style. That is the backbone of graffiti. Of course there are no clear cut rules and artists have the freedom to choose their patterns and subject matter based on what drives them. In my case, I paint what…

Art for me was always more than aesthetics

Volume 12, Issue 2 | Published 03/10/2015  
‘Art for me was always more than aesthetics, more than just art for the sake of doing art’ By Swift

Vulture Graffiti

Volume 12, Issue 2 | Published 03/10/2015  
In February 2012, PAWA 254 initiated several street graffiti projects whose purpose was to draw Kenyans’ attention to the endemic issues of bad governance, corruption, and abuse of office perpetrated by the political class. We used the image of a vulture to characterise and satirise the Kenyan politician in street…

Solo 7

Volume 12, Issue 2 | Published 07/10/2015  
Gallery

Exhibition Kibera 09

Volume 12, Issue 2 | Published 07/10/2015  
Not an artist with a cause, but an artist who causes people to think

Spray Uzi

Volume 12, Issue 2 | Published 09/10/2015  
Smoki (far left), unknown, Uhuru B (center), Swift 9 (second right), BankSlave (far right)

Uhuru Brown

Volume 12, Issue 2 | Published 09/10/2015  
The interview below first appeared in Sanaa Mtaani – Art in the City in 2014 for which attribution is made.

Wise Two

Volume 12, Issue 2 | Published 09/10/2015  
WiseTwo is an established Street Artist based in Nairobi, Kenya. His work can be found in many countries and cities namely Malaysia, Singapore, Tunisia and Vancouver BC and Nairobi, New York and Los Angeles. He has a Bachelors degree in International Relations (Peace and Conflict Studies) from the United States…

Kibera Trains for Peace

Volume 12, Issue 2 | Published 09/10/2015  
Kenyan photographer Tahir Karmali captured these colourful images of graffiti artwork on the sides of train carriages in Nairobi's train station. The artwork, done by such artists as Uhuru B and Swift9, was commissioned by Kibera Walls for Peace and Kibera Hamlets to promote the arts and foster peaceful relationships…

Sauti Ya Mtaa

Volume 12, Issue 2 | Published 09/10/2015  
A project of Mtaani Initiative and is supported by Making All Voices Count. It is aimed at empowering Kenyans by fostering a culture of change through citizen journalism, arts, and political activism.
A project of Mtaani Initiative and is supported by Making All Voices Count. It is aimed at empowering Kenyans by fostering a culture of change through citizen journalism, arts, and political activism.

Kibera Walls for Peace

Volume 12, Issue 2 | Published 09/10/2015  
The Kibera youth participants collaborated with Nairobi graffiti artists to paint artistic messages of peace on all 10 cars of the Rift Valley Railways train that passes by many areas of Nairobi every day, including Kibera
The Airport Transformation The project that kick start the Spray for Change revolution. We brought 10 talented artisans together who shared a passion for graffiti art and a vision for change. We gave them a unique canvas, the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, to express their idea of a New Kenya.…

Pro.Gres.Sive Concert Celebrates Kenya’s Diversity

Volume 12, Issue 2 | Published 09/10/2015  
In June, 2013, the first event of the Pro.gres.sive Initiative brought together Kenya’s diverse musical talents and showcased their prolific versatility. The concert, an original production directed by Berkley graduate Aaron Colverson, celebrated Kenyan music, art and diversity through original African, Eastern and Western fusion compositions. This created an avenue…

Spray For Change Commissioned By UNEP

Volume 12, Issue 2 | Published 09/10/2015  
UNEP Lead-Free Environment Duracoat’s Spray for Change initiative created an exciting art installation that was exhibited during UNEP’s Global South-South Conference from 28 October – 2 November, 2013 in Nairobi. UNEP selected ‘Spray for Change’ for our thought-provoking and innovative visual medium, to spearhead their eco-project that’s working towards a…

Inspiring Creativity

Volume 12, Issue 2 | Published 09/10/2015  
An interactive session enabling students to paint using both conventional and spray paints was held. Youth were unmistakably intrigued by the art installation

Spray For Change Partners With The Sarit Centre

Volume 12, Issue 2 | Published 09/10/2015  
Shoppers were given the chance to try their hand at graffiti and walked away with an array of gifts for their efforts

Spray For Change Supports ‘Recycled Fashion High Tea’

Volume 12, Issue 2 | Published 09/10/2015  
Ruben Centre, Panari Hotel and Duracoat Spray for Change joined hands to create a ‘Recycled Fashion High Tea’ charity event

Spray For Change Tags Machakos Red Cross Youth Hub

Volume 12, Issue 2 | Published 09/10/2015  
The Youth Empowerment Centre will serve as a vibrant and creative social and educational hub for the youth in Machakos.

Duracoat Collaborates On Westgate Memorial Art Installation

Volume 12, Issue 2 | Published 09/10/2015  
We all remember where we were that Saturday in September

Spray for Change on the move

Volume 12, Issue 2 | Published 09/10/2015  
We wanted to take the Spray for Change colourful revolution far and wide, and inspire millions more with these artistic creations for change. We gave our talented artisans another unique canvas to spray and our mobile galleries were born. Our delivery trucks were transformed into inspiring works of art and…